October 3, 2019 / 4:32 PM / 15 days ago

A North Korean delegation has landed in Sweden for talks with U.S. - source

FILE PHOTO: Kim Myong Gil, North Korea's new chief nuclear negotiator, heads home after attending a meeting in Panmunjom, north of Seoul August 8, 2007. Ahn Young-joon/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A North Korean delegation headed by the country’s chief nuclear negotiator Kim Myong Gil has landed in Stockholm, Sweden for denuclearization talks with the U.S., a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday Kim, speaking to Yonhap news agency at Beijing airport, said he and other officials were heading to Sweden.

“We’re going for the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations,” Kim told reporters in Beijing, according to Yonhap. “There’s been a new signal from the U.S. side, so we’re going with great expectations and optimism about the outcome.”

Reporting by Johan Ahlander, Johannes Hellstrom and Simon Johnson

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